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The global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market was valued at US$ 5,560.2 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period(2023-2030) to reach US$ 7,981.5 Mn in 2030.

The market analysis for testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) services in the apparel, footwear, and leather goods (AFL) sector examines various types of testing, including physical, chemical, and colorfastness testing. Additionally, it covers certification services, as well as third-party audits and inspections. The global AFL TIC market is experiencing growth due to the increasing disposable income and rapid urbanization in emerging economies.

Figure 1: Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market: Regional Insights

APPARELS FOOTWEAR AND LEATHER GOODS (AFL)TESTING INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION (TIC) MARKET

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Asia Pacific market is witnessing high growth due to the increasing demand for cost effective learning management solutions (By enhancing product quality, ensuring compliance, encouraging knowledge sharing, and driving operational efficiency and cost savings within the industry, cost-effective learning management solutions contribute to the expansion of the AFL and TIC market.). Moreover, increase in the number of start-ups operating in the e-learning industry i.e (the market expansion of AFL TIC services is aided by the rise in the number of startups in the e-learning sector and the shift toward technology-driven approaches. The AFL TIC market can build on e-learning's accessibility, cost-effectiveness, scalability, adaptability, continuous learning, and technological advancements as a solid foundation) has aided growth of the global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market in this region. The region has also witnessed a significant shift from traditional methods to technology driven methods in the recent past.

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market - Drivers

Global Trade and Supply Chain Management

The leather goods, footwear, and apparel industries are highly globalized, with products produced and distributed worldwide. Various standards and regulations must be adhered to in international trade, and TIC services assist businesses in meeting these requirements. Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services are in high demand as they ensure compliance with international standards, allowing for smooth trade and effective supply chain management. For instance, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in products, is one of the stringent regulations in place in the European Union.

Growing Focus on Sustainability and Ethical Practices

With the increasing awareness of environmental issues and labor rights, there is a rising demand for sustainable and ethically produced apparels, footwear, and leather products. Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services are being employed to verify compliance with environmental regulations, assess the use of eco-friendly materials such as hemp, wool, organic cotton, soy silk, bamboo fabrics, jute, and corn fibers. These materials are considered as eco-friendly fabrics as they are derived from nature without any harmful effects of chemical or toxics. They also ensure fair labor practices throughout the supply chain. For instance, organic cotton is produced without the use of GMOs, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides. Its production conserves water, encourages biodiversity, and avoids the use of harmful chemicals. Due to its lower impact on the environment, organic cotton-based products are increasingly in demand.

Apparels Footwear And Leather Goods Afl Testing Inspection And Certification Tic Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 5,560.2 Mn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 to 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 5.3% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 7,981.5 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Service Type:  Testing Services(Chemical Testing, Physical Testing, Colorfastness Testing, and Others), Third Party Audits and Inspection Services, and Certification Services
  • By Industry:  Footwear, Apparels, and Leather Goods
Companies covered:

Intertek Group plc., Bureau Veritas SA, TUV Rheinland Group, SGS S.A., Underwriters Laboratories Inc., TÜV SÜD, CTC Groupe, Eurofins Scientific, QIMA, and Hohenstein

Growth Drivers:
  • Global Trade and Supply Chain Management:
    Growing Focus on Sustainability and Ethical Practices
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High Cost of TIC Services 
  • Rapidly Changing Regulatory Landscape

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market - Opportunities

Collaboration with Industry Stakeholders

New opportunities for TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification) providers can be created through collaborations with stakeholders in the apparel, footwear, and leather goods industries. The creation of individualized solutions, the expansion of service offerings, and access to new markets can all result from forming partnerships with retailers, manufacturers, and associations representing the industry. In addition, collaborative efforts have the potential to boost innovation, facilitate the sharing of knowledge, and raise industry standards.

Emerging Markets and Global Expansion

The Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market is witnessing significant growth in emerging markets, driven by rising disposable incomes, urbanization, and changing consumer lifestyles. Global markets present opportunities for AFL TIC service providers to expand their presence and cater to the increasing demand for quality, safe, and compliant products. For instance India's rapid urbanization and rise in disposable incomes have altered consumer lifestyles and increased demand for fashionable and high-quality footwear and apparel. A growing demand for AFL TIC services to ensure compliance with international standards and regulations arises as consumers become more concerned about product safety and quality.

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market - Trends

Rapid Growth of E-commerce Sector

The growth of online shopping, especially for Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL products), has created new challenges for quality control and product authenticity. TIC services are increasingly utilized to verify the quality and authenticity of AFL products sold online, helping build trust between online retailers and consumers.

Advancements in Testing Technologies

Technological advancements are transforming the global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market. New testing methods, such as advanced material analysis, chemical testing, and performance testing, are being developed to enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and speed of product testing. Automation and digitization are also playing a significant role in streamlining testing processes.

 Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market - Restraints

High Cost of TIC Services

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) can be costly, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses operating on tight budgets. The expenses associated with testing, inspection, and certification can pose a barrier, especially for companies with limited financial resources. The cost factor may discourage some businesses from seeking TIC services, thereby limiting the market potential. To counterbalance this, investing in TIC services can help businesses ensure that their products meet quality standards and regulatory requirements right from the start. This helps prevent costly rework, production delays, and potential legal issues associated with non-compliant or unsafe products. Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services can identify issues early on, allowing businesses to address them in a timely manner and avoid expensive corrective measures down the line.

Rapidly Changing Regulatory Landscape

The regulatory environment for Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) products is dynamic and subject to frequent updates. Businesses must continually adapt to changing regulations and standards, which can pose challenges in terms of compliance. Staying abreast of regulatory changes and ensuring compliance can be demanding for both businesses and Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) service providers. To counterbalance this, the rapidly changing regulatory landscape in Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market may present challenges for businesses. However, there are several counterbalances that help address these constraints. TIC service providers specialize in understanding and interpreting complex regulations, offering expertise and industry knowledge to guide businesses through the evolving landscape. They provide consultation and advisory services, helping businesses develop compliance strategies and anticipate upcoming regulations.

Figure 2: Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market - Segmentation

APPARELS FOOTWEAR AND LEATHER GOODS (AFL)TESTING INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION (TIC) MARKET

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The global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market report is segmented into Service Type, By Industry and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa)

 By region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Based on service type, the market is segmented into testing services (chemical testing, physical testing, colorfastness testing, and others), third party audits and inspection services, and certification services). Based on industry, the market is segmented into footwear, apparel, and leather goods. 

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market: Key Developments

In Jan 2022, SGS, a testing and certification company based in Switzerland, and Microsoft A global technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington, was established in 1975 and is well-known for its cloud computing services, software, and hardware. It is one of the world's largest and most powerful technology companies collaborated to create a brand-new digital TIC service. SGS's global service network and leading industry capabilities will be combined with Microsoft's cross-industry expertise, advanced data solutions, and productivity platforms to develop novel solutions for customers in The Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market

In March 2022, The BHive, digital chemical management platform, and the German inspection company, TUV Rheinland, joined forces in an effort to streamline chemical testing and management for the fashion and textile industries. This strategic partnership will provide a comprehensive service portfolio to new and existing customers wishing to expedite the removal of hazardous chemicals from textile production.

Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market: Key Companies Insights

The major players operating in the global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market include Intertek Group plc., Bureau Veritas SA, TUV Rheinland Group, SGS S.A., Underwriters Laboratories Inc., TÜV SÜD, CTC Groupe, Eurofins Scientific, QIMA, and Hohenstein.

*Definition: Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services play a crucial role in ensuring that products meet quality, safety, and regulatory standards. In the context of the Global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market , TIC services focus on verifying the quality, performance, and compliance of apparels, footwear, and leather goods throughout their production and supply chains.

Frequently Asked Questions

The global Apparels, Footwear, and Leather Goods (AFL) Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period (2023-2030).

Market players across the globe are Intertek Group plc., Bureau Veritas SA, TUV Rheinland Group, SGS S.A., Underwriters Laboratories Inc., TÜV SÜD, CTC Groupe, Eurofins Scientific, QIMA, and Hohenstein

Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, Growing Focus on Sustainability and Ethical Practices are the major factors that is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period.

There has been increasing awareness regarding latest market trends among shoppers. Consumers opt for products that are made from high quality materials, which, in turn, has boosted the demand for high quality products. This is one of the major factors that is influencing the adoption of market globally.

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